Report: 08/22/2018

Hi Army...

Today was amazing. We have FOUR new senator co-sponsors.

SENATE UPDATE:

  • Senator Collins (ME) - 53

  • Senator Boozman (AR) - 54

  • Senator Shaheen (NH) - 55

  • Senator Murkowski (AK) - 56

!!!!!!!!!!

With Senator Hatch we are at 57! Can we get 3 more to co-sponsor by the end of the week?

YES!

No news (that I heard) on the CLASSICS, SIRIUS and WB/WS "issues," although some more aggressive #MusicArmy tactics aimed at Gardner and Wyden are being rolled out over the next few days. Keep an eye out for some different messaging and new content to share. 

Steven-Tyler-Music-Army-Tweet-08-22-2018

SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE

Tweet of the day was by Steven Tyler (you know, some guy in a band from Boston).

 

Speaking of Boston… SONA has a great relationship with Senator Ed Markey (MA).  Tweet @SenMarkey letting him know if you are a SONA member and ask him what he’s waiting for! 

 

 

Next, pile on Michigan!  Both Senator Peters and Senator Stabenow are sooooo close. (Thank you Darrell Brown!).  Tag Michigan artists and let them know their senators are waiting to hear from them about the MMA.  Shouldn’t be hard to think of great ones… Hello, Detroit???

And while you’re at it, holler at Senator Cardin (MD).  He is close as well.

Tweet @wearesonala if you need anything from us - shareable slides, Senate office contact info, MMA info, etc.

***THREE MORE CO-SPONSORS BY THE END OF THE WEEK!!!***

Come on, Army!  Piece of cake… :)

Report: 08/19/2018

UPDATES:

Let’s begin with the Co-Sponsor Count!

Senator Smith (MN) agreed to co-sponsor today.  Was Dan Wilson the clincher or was it Jimmy Jam?  Who knows, but it was probably a combo plus the outpouring of Minnesotans who called, tweeted and sent emails. Nice!!! 

It looks like we got Senator Gillibrand (NY) to co-sponsor as well!  (Still awaiting confirmation from Hatch’s office, so no victory laps yet!)

And so we’re ending this week at 52 co-sponsors.  Wow.

From Lauren Iossa (ASCAP) - Adding to the mix, ASCAP continues to push hard on socials with our campaign and we have done a recent slate of grassroots now in all 50 states with targeted messaging in several states.  Paul also enlisted Jason Mraz to sign a personal letter to Senator Warner (which he has done -- we will deliver today or Monday).  And, we are placing an OpEd by Ashley Gorley in one of the big Kentucky papers (we hope) to put some home state pressure on McConnell. Paul Williams is also doing personalized letters to all Senators who have not yet co-signed which we will also have hand delivered.

From Busbee: Quincy Jones has written letters to send to Senators Gardner, Wyden, Schumer, Warren, and Gillibrand.

(as an aside, SONA’s Adam Dorn and Adam Gorgoni were consulted on the letters and helped draft them) #Teamwork!

SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY:

Targeted States - We’ve been making lists of well-known artists and songwriters to tag in the slide caption and we’ll keep adding.

Here’s… CONNECTICUT:

Moby

John Mayer 

Brian Yale/Rob Thomas - Matchbox 20

Chris Carrabba - lead singer Dashboard Confessional

Richard and Karen Carpenter - born there

Peter Tork

Liz Phair (born there)

Infuriating and sad, but true Tweet of the Day:

IMG_4B31C6EEBA88-1.jpeg

Mark McGrath - Sugar Ray (born there)

Thurston Moore - Sonic Youth

Steve Porcaro - Toto

Michael Bolton 

Roger Glover - Deep Purple 

The Alternate Roots

Fates Warning - metal band

Keith Richards - 

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell 

Ed Toth - Doobie Bros

And our own Billy Mann lives there (but Philly born and raised!)

PERSONAL ENGAGEMENT:

Personal calls from well-known artists and songwriters are really having an effect.  Many of you receiving these updates have replied to tell me about your personal calls to senate offices! Thank you!  We know they are working!

MUSIC SCHOOL OUTREACH:

Beka Tischker will help with MTSU and Belmont in Nashville

MARCHING ORDERS:

  • Keep targeting states, their local artists and songwriters and senators over the weekend
  • VMA participants and friends of participants - get someone to say something about the MMA during the award ceremony this weekend!  It’s national television, for f$%k sake!
  • On Monday we’ll blast the Revolution Messaging call tool 110%, feat. Maren Morris! 
  • Many music college students will be back on campus next week - so we’ll begin the student outreach next week.

Nice work everyone…  Whew.  Have a great weekend!

Report: 08/15/2018

First - An MMA Update from Senator Hatch’s office:  

We are currently at 48 co-sponsors after Senators Moran (KS) and Scott (SC), both Republicans, co-sponsored last week.

Senators Close to Sponsoring: 

Maine - Senator Susan Collins - (202) 224 - 2523

NebraskaSenator Deb Fischer  (202) 224 - 6551

Alaska - Senator Lisa Murkowski (202) 224 - 6665

Minnesota - Sen. Tina Smith (202) 224 - 5641

 

There are still remaining issues:

1) Blackstone - language getting hammered out, waiting for sign off. Still no Senator Cruz

2) Senator Wyden Bill -  RIAA waiting to hear on a compromise proposal

IMG_3251.jpeg

3) Senator Gardener and SIRIUS - Liberty Media - wants Hatch office to talk to Sirius 

Publicity

Speaking of Senator Gardner, check out the screenshot of what Ryan Tedder did!

Desmond Child posted on the Latin Songwriter Hall of Fame website, headquartered in Miami and targeting Senator Cruz,  check that out here.

SONA Exec Committee member Jack Kugell got some amazing acts to spread the word in support of the CLASSICS Act!

IMG_3245-1.jpeg

Report: 08/14/2018

Today was strong!

 WSJ - "Jody Gerson, CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, says songwriter fees ‘are not where we want them to be.’ PHOTO: JOHN MICHAEL FULTON"

WSJ - "Jody Gerson, CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, says songwriter fees ‘are not where we want them to be.’ PHOTO: JOHN MICHAEL FULTON"

    Daryl Friedman & The Recording Academy hit hard today with this photo.

 

Daryl Friedman & The Recording Academy hit hard today with this photo.

 Ross Golan launched #MusicModernizationAct Pledge with this.  Feel free to share.

Ross Golan launched #MusicModernizationAct Pledge with this.  Feel free to share.

 Andrew Gould will be overseeing a school outreach - if you went to music school, comment on this post & hopefully your school will be next.

Andrew Gould will be overseeing a school outreach - if you went to music school, comment on this post & hopefully your school will be next.

And, we still need you all to

CALL YOUR SENATORS!

Feel free to share any of these graphics on Social Media!